10 Design Destinations in SoCo

10 Design Destinations in SoCo

Adrienne Breaux
Jul 22, 2009
With great food, music and fashion, Austin's South Congress neighborhood is bursting with excitement and energy (you've probably noticed a post or two about it before). If you're looking for design inspiration for your home, they've got a lot of that, too. We've rounded up our ten favorite design destinations in this Austin neighborhood---and some of them you may not have thought about before...

Ten Thousand Villages A hip decor store featuring handmade gifts, jewelry, home decor and accessories from diverse cultures in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East, they don't just sell these gorgeous and reasonably affordable wares, they support the cultures that create them. Visit this spot for global decor inspiration.
Prototype Vintage This vintage furniture and clothing store, located just off of South Congress Avenue on Milton Street, has the motto "All Killer, No Filler", ensuring that every item you have to choose from in this stylish showroom is gorgeous and high-quality.
St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store Past clothes racks and up some stairs is the home decor section of this thrift store. The secret to finding a great deal isn't inside the building; it's located in their parking lot. The best part is the "extra blessings" pile, where you can sometimes find furniture fixer-uppers for free!
Uncommon Objects This huge vintage and antiques store on South Congress Avenue is a favorite spot among locals and visitors, and it's obvious why. Countless booths line the walls of the store, and if you're looking for something unique and one-of-a-kind for your home, this is the place to go.
Off the Wall Antiques Sometimes overshadowed by the larger Uncommon Objects, Off the Wall is another great place to find unique items for the home. Smaller than and not as overwhelming as Uncommon Objects, you can spend more time with the items that are in there!
Kimber Modern If you're looking for the ultimate in simple, modern residential design, this bed and breakfast located within walking distance of South Congress Avenue is a stunning example of a minimalist interior.
Hotel San Jose/ Hotel St. Cecilia Both offering different styles, these two hotels are both examples of a great mix of Austin modern and Austin cool design. And both offer plenty of inspiration for your own home.
Tesoros Trading Company Another great design spot to find global wares, folk art and jewelry, you can find neat accessories for your walls and tabletop, as well as get colorful inspiration for home color palettes.
Austin Art Glass Aaron Gross and associates represent the colorful world of glass art on South Congress Avenue, and his gallery and showroom are full of gorgeous glass pieces for the table and wall. You can even view artwork being created with their new studio at the site.
Mi Casa Gallery The furniture and accessories found in this South Congress gallery aren't for every interior, but the strong wooden and Spanish antique furniture items and colorful art and accessories can add fun additions to a home.

Honorable mention: Sure South Congress Avenue is a happening place, but be sure to take a walk through the residential streets in the neighborhood, too. You might get some curb appeal inspiration from Austin's cute bungalows and newer modern houses!

--We've also attached a Google Map plotting our favorite Design Destinations in Austin's SoCo neighborhood

(Images: 1,2, 9 Adrienne Breaux; 3 Flickr user polishedtwo; 5 by iisunshinekii; 6 Kimber Modern website; 7 Flickr user Sydney Cash; 8 Flickr user atxbill; 10 Flickr user David Stall )

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